“Blessed is RADHA who alone saw me hiding behind the various disguises.”
“He who perceives Me everywhere and beholds everything in Me never loses sight of Me, nor do I ever lose sight of him. The best type of yogi is he who feels for others, whether in grief or pleasure, even as he feels for himself.
Bhagavan Krishna, Bhagavad Gita
There’s a story I read in India, it’s really a story of Krishna. The Gopis one time, in their usual place in that meadow, were dancing. And the Gopis, by the way…it was not all peaches and cream. Some of them were severely persecuted by their relatives because of their great devotion to Krishna.
And Krishna, he was always playing pranks on everybody. So, this afternoon, they were dancing there in that meadow and all of a sudden they saw a new Gopi in their midst. And one of them cried out in surprise, “This is my sister-in-law who has been persecuting me!” Another one cried, “Oh, this is my cousin who has been so mean to me!” And so each one saw somebody else, a personal enemy in that new Gopi.
And then there was a peal of laughter. It was Radha, the chief Gopi. And she said, “My sisters, haven’t you learned yet to see through his tricks? It is Krishna who has taken on the forms, the disguise, of all those various people.” And then that new Gopi changed into the form of Krishna and said, “BLESSED IS RADHA WHO ALONE SAW ME HIDING BEHIND THE VARIOUS DISGUISES.”
What is the meaning? It is One, the One God has taken on the form, or the forms, of all.
Through the power of delusion we think, “I am different from you, you are different from you,” and so on…That’s delusion. There is One Consciousness. And when you learn to see that it changes your whole attitude toward the whole show, isn’t it? It was KRISHNA who was the personal enemy of all those. And the moment you see it is the One, it is God, it takes the edge out. Then you see it is all a play. The moment you think it is one person that is mean to you, that is persecuting you, or whatever, then you are emotionally involved. Or, even with the person that is very kind to you, you think that is a person and you are emotionally involved there.
And when you think it is the One, then you are dealing with God, and you become free from the play. Do you understand that?
And that is why you find this everywhere. Mother Teresa of Calcutta, she told her nuns, when you are taking care of the dying, when you are taking care of the poorest of the poor, if you think of them as the dying, or the poorest of the poor you are not fulfilling your mission. You have to see God in those people, in those forms. God, she said, in his distressing forms.
And so it is, a devotee of Krishna sees Krishna everywhere. A devotee of the Mother sees Mother everywhere. Devotee of Christ sees Christ in all.
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